SSAF Lab invites you to ‘Image and Memory’, a series of films curated by Subasri Krishnan and a panel discussion with filmmakers Sourav Sarangi, Supriyo Sen, Devshree Nath and Subasri Krishnan, moderated by Surabhi Sharma.
The films that will be available online from 21–28 November include Char…the No Man’s Island, Way Back Home, Noor Islam, and What the Fields Remember. They engage with questions of identity, citizenship, memory and the ways in which individuals histories have been shaped by the nation-building project.
'Image and Memory' is the second in a series of conversations curated by Subasri Krishnan as part of her project Facing History and Ourselves, which examines ideas of Indian citizenship within and outside the legal/bureaucratic imagination and the ways in which people negotiate and reclaim them. How might we imagine a future beyond the categories of ‘citizen’, ‘foreigner’, ‘nation-state’ – concepts and conditions that are the result of late 18th century European imperialism, continue to be at the forefront of the legal exclusion of people, and are reproduced in official narratives in the public domain? Facing History and Ourselves foregrounds oral testimony as a mode of creating alternate histories of people and places as a way to start building an archive of people and their lives, beyond the label of being a ‘stateless’ person in Assam.
The series, supported and hosted by SSAF Lab, includes academics, lawyers, poets and filmmakers whose work critically engages with borders, the nation-state and the Partition of the Indian sub-continent.
SSAF Lab is an incubatory space for discursive, processual and experimental strategies of practice. It lends itself to interdisciplinary dialogue through multiple forums such as workshops, talks, screenings, and durational projects that further the vision and objectives of Sher-Gil Sundaram Arts Foundation.